- Soul searching?
- Looking for some inspiration?
- Not sure what’s next in your life script?
- Is there a challenge you are working through?
Consider creating your path on the path. Perhaps your current path is worn thin and feeling more like a rut. What will your next path look and feel like? Perhaps you will take the path less taken. Perhaps you will be a trailblazer and create a totally new path for yourself. Here are some actions you can take to get you moving in a forward direction. Get out in open space, the national forest, a state or national park, or just in your local neighborhood park or trail. This will be an activity you will do alone – or if you like, like me, with your canine companion. Give yourself 30 to 45 minutes to really get into the rhythm of walking, getting in touch with your question and being open to inspiration. Bring something to write down or make note of your ideas as they come up.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
The act of walking in itself will get us out of our head (and off your butt), worrying about the past or wondering about the future) and getting us in touch with our body and our surrounding environment. Being in touch with the temperature, the breeze on your face, the terrain, the geography and the plants and wildlife that are around you. Enjoy the deep breathing and physical exertion that takes place while walking. This, is a form or mindfulness meditation with a twist. The other advantage of walking is the integration of the left and right sides of your brain. Think about the way we walk. When our left leg is moving forward, our right leg is back and our left arm is swinging back as our right arm is going forward. There is an integration between the left and right sides of our body as we walk. We do not have to think about it, it just happens naturally. This left brain – right brain integration can free us up to inspiration and creativity in dealing with life challenges. (for more on this topic read Thom Hartman’s book, “Walking Your Blues Away: How to Heal the Mind and Create Emotional Well-Being.”)http://urls.ht/1zb Wherever you begin have a question to ask yourself or a problem you have been chewing on that you would like to overcome.
“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.” ― Rebecca Solnit
Start walking and as much as possible, stay in the present moment. In your mind think about your question. Such as “what will my next career look like?” or “how can I make my current work be more satisfying?” or “I want to know what I want to do for my career?”
Keep the image or thought of your question in your mind and notice where it is? Is it in front of you, behind you above your head, below your head? Is it big or small? Is it audible? Is it an image? As you keep walking be conscious of this. Otherwise, just enjoy your walk and be open to any ideas, thoughts or feelings that come up as you continue to keep your question in mind. Be open to possibilities that may come up. When you are finished with your walk take some time and write down your observations. What ideas came to mind? Ask yourself the question you started out with – do you have some responses to it now? How do you feel? What are you thinking about your question? Make note of your responses and any ideas or inspiration that came up for you. Do you feel inspired to take action or just better about your situation because of your walk?
“If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” ― Raymond I. Myers
This exercise can also be conducted by a coach why can help you stay focused on your question by asking you questions about what you are experiencing physically, emotionally and cognitively. In other words, keeping you on task. I encourage you to try this exercise whenever you have the opportunity to. So, take a walk and see what comes up. What’s the worst that can happen? You will be out in nature, enjoying your surroundings and getting some exercise. Who knows, you may event come up with some ideas about what’s next for your career and life. Maybe I’ll see you out on the trail. Submitted by Dan Macy Pursuits Career Counselor and Coach Creative Career Choices, Inc. To make an appointment for a walking career coaching session contact me at 303-819-6178 or firstname.lastname@example.org About Dan Macy:
Dan has been a Career Counselor and Academic Advisor at Red Rocks Community College since 1994. He is a Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Master Practitioner where he has led workshops and trainings in applying the Myers-Briggs to organizational and company issues. He is a Qualified Strong Interest Inventory Administrator and Interpreter. He is a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). He teaches the Career Lifestyles and Transitions class for the Graduate Counseling Program at Naropa University. He also teaches Psychology and Career Courses at Red Rocks.
Dan holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. He completed the Core Coursework from the Coaches Training Institute. He is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA). He is on the Board of the Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA) where he won the Rich Feller Award in 2010. Dan is passionate about his family, pups, hiking, golfing, playing tennis with his daughter, singing and living life to the fullest.